The problem with Gujarati/Rajasthani Thali is, you get spoilt of choices and don’t realize how much you have eaten.
This place is no different!
Located in Paragon Plaza of Phoenix Market City, this place has a decent and tidy decor with tiny Rajashtani/Gujarati folk figures doting the walls.
There was only a table occupied when we reached there at around 1 PM. The staff was welcoming and, contrary to the usual habit in Thali serving restaurants, were not in a mad rush to serve and to fill-up. This allowed us to take our time in enjoying the food.
It is difficult if not impossible to mention each item of the Thali so let a picture do the justice. We liked Dal-Baati-Churma and buttermilk the most; not to mention piping hot rotis and aloo subji with gravy, mini rotla and puran-poli with ghee.
The place well exhibits the indispensable trait of Thali places of treating people as guests and not customers. Overall, a good place to have value for money Gujarati/Rajasthani food.
“Appears to be a new entrant!”, was my reaction when I got an invitation call for an exclusive wine tasting event by Reveilo wines. A quick search on the internet was enough to change my notion.
The brand was established in 2002 and has around 215 acres of vineyards. In the Indian wine market, dominated by wines made from French grapes, Reveilo distinguishes itself with an exclusive range of estate wines made from Italian grapes along with various other range made from prominent French varieties.
While French grapes produce wines which are bold, dry and heavy on a palate, the Italian ones are easy, more suitable to Indian palate and good for pairing with Indian food.
What can be a better venue for a wine tasting event than Pali Village Café! Want to know why? Check it out here…
Ruben Pinto, a wine expert from Reveilo was our host for the evening. He helped us understand the nitty-gritty of wine making, answered our most basic questions and helped clear-out undue complexity associated with wines.
We started with Grillo, a medium bodied white wine, also known as mafia wine for it is made from the variety of grapes originated in Sicily. With a blend of citrus, lemon, orange and grapefruit, this easy going wine is best suited for any occasion.
Next in line was Chardonnay Reserve, a white wine. 9 months aging in French oak barrel gives birth to a great wine which has intense vanilla taste followed by fruity flavors.
In reds, Nero D’ Avola, another mafia wine, has a strong fruity aroma and spicy taste of pepper and cinnamon. This young wine is a good companion to enhance the taste of lightly flavored food. Similar to Nero D’ Avalo, the Tuscany variety Sangiovese too had a balanced spicy and fruity aroma with fulfilling taste.
The show-stopper for the evening was Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2012 vintage, made from French grapes and aged in French oak barrel. It is indeed a heavy and intense wine which fills the palate with a taste of berries and spicy notes of pepper and cinnamon.
That marked an end to the fine wine tasting event but it doesn’t end here. We would love to try the Late Harvest Chenin Blanc from the Dessert Range.
For the Love of Food Recommends:
Grillo: Occasion or no occasion, with or without food, this easy going white wine suits every mood.
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve: An aged red that can be considered for special occasions.
Find out more about Reveilo Wines and their wine range here… www.reveilo.com
I was invited by Reveilo Wines for the wine tasting session.